Cooper Union

Campus Description

Cooper Union has been cited as one of the preeminient schools of its kind and one of the most selective colleges in the country. Each of its three Schools of Architecture, Art and Engineering adhere strongly to providing a design-centered, problem-solving education. The workload is demanding and the school fosters an intimate atmosphere for students and faculty to form close working relationships.

30 Cooper Square, Suite 300, New York, NY 10003


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Degrees Offered

Bachelor's, Master's


Varsity Sports: Women's: basketball, cross-country, soccer, tennis, volleyball. Men's: basketball, cross-country, soccer, tennis, volleyball.

Clubs and Activities

Over 100 political, ethnic, and social organizations open to all students. For more information please visit:

Featured Programs

Many of our students choose to take advantage of exchange programs around the world. Our Platinum LEED Certified New Academic Building located at 41 Cooper Square houses our School of Engineering, art studios and classrooms and most of the humanities and social science program- providing space to facilitate research for our students and faculty. At Cooper Union, all students are encouraged to take advantage of our world renown Great Hall programming that includes lectures, workshops and symposia. Extremely unique to higher education: all admitted students are offered half-tuition scholarships for the length of their program, 4 years for art and engineering and 5 years for architecture.

Enrollment for Fall 2015

Undergraduate (Matriculated): 873 (Full-time: 584 men, 286 women; Part-time: 3 men, 0 women).
Graduate (Matriculated): 73 (Full-time: 35 men, 10 women; Part-time: 24 men, 4 women)
95% enrolled in top quarter of high school class
92% enrolled in top 10% of high school class
SAT verbal range: 610 – 720
SAT math range: 630 – 790
ACT range: 29 – 33
SAT/ACT Special Note: We will recalculate using the highest combined sections of the SAT (if a student takes the exam multiple times) and will accept either SAT I or ACT. However, we will not combine the highest scores across the old and new versions of the SAT 1. We will only superscore from the same version of the exam.
75% have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
15% have a high school GPA of 2.0 to less than 3.0

Campus Demographics

 Undergraduate StudentsGraduate Students
% Black / African American3%4%
% Asian18%26%
% Hispanic / Latino9%3%
% White, Non-Hispanic32%30%
% International / Nonresident Alien16%19%
% Two or more races10%3%
% Unknown Race / Ethnicity12%15%

Tuition Information for 2015-2016

Tuition & Fees:
$40,800 (value of tuition), or $1,200 per credit; all admitted students receive a merit based half-tuition scholarship worth $20,400 annually; $1,600 Cooper Union annual student fee; $250 annual lab fee; must provide proof of medical insurance or pay $1,200 for Cooper Union plan. Students who demonstrate need (by filling out the FAFSA and CSS Profile) are eligible for additional aid to help cover the additional costs of attendance. Admissions process is need-blind. Limited merit scholarships are available to exceptional students.
Room & Board:
Room Only:
Graduate Tuition & Fees:

$1,200 per credit (some graduate students are offered generous merit scholarships to help cover tuition costs).

Admission/Application Deadlines

Freshmen Applications:
fall- January 11 for architecture, art, and engineering, early decision for art and engineering December 1; spring- n/a
Transfer Applications:
fall- January 11 for architecture, art and engineering; spring- n/a

Financial Aid Deadlines

Financial Aid Deadlines (Same for Freshmen and Transfers):
May 1 (Students encouraged to submit forms as soon as possible after January 1)

Application Requirements

Freshmen: For engineering program: HS transcript; SAT I or ACT; SAT Subject Test in math and chemistry or physics and supplemental essay questions; For art program: HS transcript; SAT I or ACT and home test; For architecture program: HS transcript; SAT I or ACT and studio test.
Transfers: Also, college transcripts.
Average Financial Aid Package:
Average Non-Need-Based Scholarship or Grant Aid:
Types of Non-Need Aid Awarded:
Merit aid, students enrolled prior to 2014 receive a full-tuition scholarship. Students in fall 2014 and beyond receive a half-tuition scholarship with additional need based and merit aid.